In the lead-up to the Sun-sponsored developer event Java@Work, the Australian Java Users Group (AJUG) has announced it will become incorporated nationally.
Incorporation of the until-now voluntary, not-for-profit organisation will be formalised in September, to coincide with the Australian visit of Dr James Gosling, Sun's key architect of the Java programming language and Java Virtual Machine.
Gosling is visiting as a keynote speaker for Java@Work to be held from 17Ð18 September with workshops on 16 September.
In addition to the introduction of membership fees, incorporation will mean that AJUG, as a legal entity, will be able to accept support from vendors and government interested in fast-tracking the development of Java applications. It is also a further indication of the rapid uptake of Java, and of Australia's significance as a regional centre for its development.
According to David Wood, president of the Australian Java Users Group: "The phenomenal growth of Java has meant that the informal structure of the users group could no longer service the needs of both users and the larger vendor community."
He added: "AJUG is constantly being approached by major vendors to enter into joint-initiatives, and incorporation will give us the legal and business infrastructure to capitalise on these business opportunities. But our key objective is to foster Java development in Australia and deliver improved services to the user community."
Java@Work has secured three Gold sponsors (IBM, Oracle and Sybase) and four Silver sponsors (Apple, Progress Software, Computer Associates and Intersolv). Alex Feher, managing director of organiser ZD Events, said the event is already attracting more interest than last year.
Russell Bate, managing director Sun Microsystems Australia, said: "Australia is an important market for Sun - regionally and globally - in the development of the Java language, and this is reflected in the calibre of speakers who will visit for Java@Work this year."
Date: Java@Work Conference September 17 & 18 (Thursday/Friday) Workshops September 16 (Wednesday)Venue: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, SydneyCost: Early Bird, Standard, Australian Java Users Group Conference only $995, $1195, $895 Conference plus 1/2 day workshop $1240, $1440, $1140 Conference plus full day workshop $1390, $1590, $1290ZD EventsTel (02) 9369 1242